Oh no! We've fewer sheep

In 1982 there were over 70 million sheep.

Once, there were 22 sheep for every person in NZ. Now there are only 6 for each of us.

Fonterra: big cheese in Korea

Fonterra's South Island general manager Tim Keir and Clandeboye's site manager Steve Mcknight about to tuck into some ...

Koreans' taste for pizza is growing, to the benefit of Fonterra.

Prized heifer mooves on

Calf Gigi sold for a quarter of a million dollars.

Gigi the calf sells for more than a quarter of a million dollars, smashing Australasian record.

Shearing brings little income

Lambs being driven along the road on Weber Rd , east of Dannevirke.

Farmers are making little money from lambs' wool because of low prices.

Alpacas: from cute to chic

An alpaca tied down and being shorn.

Alpacas react differently during shearing, from screaming to nonchalant.

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Shorn alpacas: cute to chic

An alpaca tied down and being shorn.

Alpacas react differently during shearing, from screaming to nonchalant.

Fonterra an unsung hero

The biggest agricultural story of 2017 is one that is unlikely to be written.

Fair trade in farming

Healthy rivers – is everyone doing their share?

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Prized heifer mooves on

Calf Gigi sold for a quarter of a million dollars.

Gigi the calf sells for more than a quarter of a million dollars, smashing Australasian record.

Stock disease stable

Manawatu stock enduring cold and windy conditions are showing no disease increase.

Fonterra's South Island general manager Tim Keir and Clandeboye's site manager Steve Mcknight about to tuck into some ...

Fonterra the big cheese in Korea

Koreans' taste for pizza is growing, to the benefit of Fonterra.

advice

Fleeced farmer's fury

An Otorohanga farmer whose lambs were stolen has been refused compensation by FMG despite paying a premium of $8000 a ...

He pays $8000 a year to insure his lambs. But he won't get a cent in compensation after 35 of them were stolen.

Grass-fed dairy system could add to pollution

Is DairyNZ's grass fed policy hindering rather than helping the nitrates issue?

Graeme McInnes of Northland competing on Buster. The horse and rider separate a cow from a group and attempt to  keep it ...

Cutting cows on horseback

Cutting cows on horseback takes the utmost skill and will be on display soon in Canterbury.

aquaculture

Fish focus to boost stocks

Nelson Plant and Food senior scientist Maren Wellenreuther.

A Nelson scientist has developed a method to successfully breed native fish species commercially.

Toheroa survey to start

A survey of Oreti Beach will determine the population of toheroa, a native shellfish, that was declining in past surveys.

Trevor Burkhart says the zone does not need 4WDs and quad bikes driving over it as nature settles into the changed ...

Raised quake seabed 'not a road'

It's a raw and unsettled environment and commercial fishermen are upset people are allowed to drive on it.

beef

Dairy bulls sold in droves

At the Rongotea saleyards, these hereford bulls are sorting out who's the boss.

Dairy bulls sold as mating season comes to end.

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Rural vet Hamish Pike talks about the impact of the strange summer season on stock.

Stock disease stable

Manawatu stock enduring cold and windy conditions are showing no disease increase.

Sheep

Here's a yarn

The decline in the national flock represents a continuing sunset on not only an integral industry, but a part of New ...

Sheep are a long-standing part of New Zealand culture, but as the national flock declines has a golden era ended?

Stock disease stable

Manawatu stock enduring cold and windy conditions are showing no disease increase.

Shearer Robert Hubber, of Heddon Bush, Southland, competing at the 35th Northern Southland Community Shears near Lumsden.

Competitive shearing gets under way in Lumsden

The lead-up to the World Shearing Championships kicked off with the Northern Southland Community Shears in Lumsden.

cropping

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

The proposed scheme plans to take water when the Hurunui River is in good flow and use that for irrigation in dry periods.

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Going for gold in Hawke's Bay

The sale of a kiwifruit property in Hawke's Bay is a record for New Zealand according to the agents.

It is too early to know what impact a poor season will have on consumer honey prices.

Cool summer hits honey harvest

The cool summer weather had made it tough going for beekeepers and may see honey prices lift further.

agribusiness

Shorn alpacas: cute to chic

An alpaca tied down and being shorn.

Alpacas react differently during shearing, from screaming to nonchalant.

A better butter or just different?

It's New Zealand butter, but not quite as we know it and it's destined for the Middle East.

The proposed scheme plans to take water when the Hurunui River is in good flow and use that for irrigation in dry periods.

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Discovery

All aboard dairy regulation train

Theresa Wilson oversees projects involved in effluent management, nutrient management, greenhouse gases and animal welfare.

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

The mozzarella man

Meet a technologist who was a leader in Fonterra's breakthrough to produce a stable, profitable mozzarella.

A Chinese mother is shown serving Anmum to her daughter in this Fonterra publicity photograph.

Translating language of the lab

A Fonterra nutritionist helps to ensure that good nutrition remains at the core of what the co-op does and develops.

rural women

Cutting cows on horseback

Graeme McInnes of Northland competing on Buster. The horse and rider separate a cow from a group and attempt to  keep it ...

Cutting cows on horseback takes the utmost skill and will be on display soon in Canterbury.

'Valued and connected' in dairy

Anne Boswell talks to an Atiamuri dairy farmer who can't sit still, busy with family, friends, land and organisations helping farming women succeed.

Caroline Smith juggles farming with caring for daughters Clara and Holly.

This farming mum's in charge

Don't ask to be put through to Caroline Smith's husband. He doesn't run the farm.

Video

Racist potting mix?

A Kiwi gardening company sells a "Black Magic" product, but insists it's not meant to be offensive.

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